Friday January 6, 2017


Posted by Karthik

Hard to believe the man is 50 today!

Just seems like yesterday when, in Salem, I forced a cassette shop owner to cut short his lunch break, call the supplier and sell me the cassette tape of Kadhalan that was released the day before. And reading in Dinamani Kadhir, Dinamani’s supplement, that Mani Ratnam had signed a ‘new boy’ named Dilip Kumar to compose music for his next film after Thalapathi!

Related reads:
1. 20 years of A R Rahman – what does it mean to me? 
2. 15 years of A.R.Rahman’s music – 1992 to 2007 and continuing!
3. What’s your Rahman Realization Point?  

Here are 2 playlists I put together, one on Saavn and another on YouTube (originally for The Hindu).

On Saavn, a 50 song playlist that has some of my personal favorites from Rahman’s repertoire.

On YouTube, a 50 song playlist of songs that I believe were relatively lesser heard and deserve a re-listen.



  • Jemsheed
    please check the number of views for Agar Tum Saath Ho. Is that the highest for a Hindi Song?

    • rnjbond

      No, it’s not. The highest I know of is 160 million views for Kala Chashma and 185 million (seriously) for Yo Yo Honey Sing’hs cover of “Dheere Dheere Se”. A few other biggies: Nashe Si Chadh Gayi got 125 million, Gerua with 137 million, Kar Gayi Chul with 124 million, Bulleya and Breakup Song with around 105 million each, Tum Hi Ho at 138 million views, and Kamli at 116 million.

      That said, those are all music videos that got such high view counts. The fact that “Agar Tum Saath Ho” got 78 million views for just the audio tells you how well-loved that song is. Definitely one of the top AR Rahman tracks over the past few years, in my view.

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